Administrative Action

The Dean of Students (or designee) may impose administrative sanctions such as warning, reprimands, fines or restitution, educational workshops, censure, probation and denial of privileges in the use of facilities whenever this becomes necessary to operate and protect property of the University properly. Alleged violations that are serious enough to warrant possible suspension or dismissal from the University will be referred to the Judicial Board (see section on Judicial Board).  In addition, students who are on Disciplinary Probation may be referred to the Judicial Board for alleged minor violations of University policy.  Alleged violations of the Code of Academic Responsibility and of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking are not managed through Administrative Action, there are specific procedures for resolution of those complaints (see policy).

Adjudication of violations of University housing policies and the University Housing Agreement are entirely within the jurisdiction of the Student Affairs Office. Sanctions involving suspension, dismissal and expulsion from University housing may be appealed to the Dean of Students (or designee). The decision of the Dean of Students on these matters is final, but in some instances, by request of the Dean of Students, in consultation with the Board chair, a case may be heard by the Judicial Board.

Persons accused of violations of other University Policies that would likely not result in suspension or dismissal, will have the matter dealt with through an administrative hearing. Typically only cases that could result in suspension or expulsion are reviewed by the Judicial Board.  At the Dean of Student’s (or designee’s) discretion a Judicial Board hearing can be requested in situations that would likely not result in suspension or dismissal.  This request would be made in situations when an impartial administrative hearing officer could not be obtained to hear the case.

Determinations of responsibility made through an administrative hearing can be appealed to the Dean of Students (or designee as outlined in the notification of outcome letter).  In cases where the Dean of Students serves as the hearing officer then the determination can be appealed to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (or designee).  Determination of responsibility made through a Judicial Board can be appealed to the Appellate Board (see section on Appellate Board).  The only grounds for appeal are:

  • New evidence that was not available at the time of the original adjudication or investigation that could significantly impact the outcome of the original adjudication; and/or
  • A substantive or procedural error(s) occurred at the time of the adjudication that had a material impact on the outcome of the adjudication.

Dissatisfaction with the outcome of the hearing is not grounds for an appeal.

The appeal request shall consist of a plain, concise, and complete written statement outlining the ground(s) for the appeal and all relevant information to substantiate the basis for the appeal.  The Appellate Officer (e.g. Dean of Students, Vice President of EMSA, or designee) will consider the merits of the appeal only on the basis of the two grounds for appeal and the supporting information provided in the written request.  The Appellate Officer can:

  • Affirm the decision of the original adjudication, denying the appeal;
  • Grant the appeal and alter the findings, and/or alter the outcomes, depending on the basis of the requested appeal.
  • Grant the appeal because of new evidence, request that the case be reconsidered by the original hearing officer to consider the new evidence.

We value education as an important tool in helping students take a look at their decision-making. Follow up and further care will be determined on an individual basis. If necessary, outside referral or concurrent therapy with the Counseling Center staff or the Alcohol and other Drugs Educator/Counselor may be required. Additional information on these procedures and sanctions are explained in New Student Orientation, Residence Hall meetings and policy discussions, and through Commuter Assistants.